Things I Liked:
This book is not an in-your-face issue book. Miah and Ellie are not preaching sermons all the time about race relations. They quietly speak by action how different people can forget, or rather embrace, their differences. The rest of the world doesn't understand, of course. I loved how Woodson depicted the glances, the words, the sometimes disapproval of both black and white. I also love how Miah's mother doesn't really hesitate to love Ellie, but how Ellie is afraid her family will not immediately accept Miah. This book made me think about prejudices I may have, that aren't immediately apparent. I also love that sometimes it was just about family relationships - how kids interacted with parents, siblings, and even friends. No matter where they grew up or what color their skin. Not to mention, Woodson's beautiful writing. Here's a favorite quote:
"'All people have suffered. So why should any of us feel like we're better or less than another?' But where are they then - these black people who were just like us - who were equal to us?" p.70Things I Didn't Like:
I almost wish there had been more explanation and discussion of the ending. It was very fast and not very clear what happened. I think that was intentional, but no less slightly frustrating.
I enjoyed After Tupac and D Foster and Hushby Woodson, who has lots of other similar books (see some great reviews of her stuff at Maw Books Blog)
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
not a lot
Overall rating: ****
Do you ever think you have prejudices you just haven't realized yet?